A former Kansas City Star columnist who is married to the newspaper’s publisher faces a March court date for allegedly driving under the influence.
A Kansas City police officer stopped Rhonda C. Lokeman, 50, about 10:15 p.m. Jan. 1 near 30th Street and Gillham Road because she was driving without headlights and on a front rim that was missing its tire, according to a police report.
Lokeman reportedly refused to perform field sobriety tests and take a breathalyzer test. She told police she had consumed one glass of wine in her art studio that afternoon, the report said.
Police cited her for driving under the influence, careless driving and driving without headlights turned on. Her court date was set for March 23.
She filed a civil suit in January to prevent state officials from revoking her driver’s license for refusing the breathalyzer test. An April hearing is set in that case. The Star could not reach her for comment.
Lokeman worked for The Star until April 2008, about a month after her husband, Mark Zieman, became publisher. Her syndicated column continued to appear in The Star until she retired after her Dec. 28 column.
First reaction: jeez, how hammered do you have to be to drive around with no headlights and on a front rim missing its tire?? Second: no mention of the blogs (first me, then Will not be televised, then Tony's Kansas City) beating Lokeman/Zieman's own paper to the story. Third: what's this about Lokeman retiring after her Dec. 28 column?? Last I checked (this morning) Lokeman was still listed on the Star's web site as a columnist. Sounds like a retroactive retirement to me.